Old Town Alexandria is perfect for your holiday shopping and dining, as well as just enjoying the season. Support all of your favorite independently-owned small businesses while walking along the charming brick sidewalks of Old Town. The cute and clever window displays never fail to amaze and the trees all along King Street glow with strings of white lights. This winter wonderland is joined by a variety of events, many of which are family-friendly, so let Old Town Alexandria really get you into the holiday spirit this year!
Santa and Mrs. Clause Visit Space
We have just a few slots left to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus here in space. Since you sign up for a 15-minute slot, there’s less waiting for you and your little ones. Photos are available for purchase with plenty of time to make those treasured holiday cards.
Old Town Christmas Tree Lighting
Kick off the holiday season after a fun day of Old Town Black Friday shopping with the Christmas Tree lighting in Market Square.
The Scottish Walk Parade
Salute Alexandria’s Scottish heritage by watching bagpipers and Scottish clans parade down King Street. Be sure to keep an eye out for Scottie dogs dressed in little plaid coats as well!
The Holiday Boat Parade of Lights
Stick around Old Town to watch 50 brilliantly lit boats sail by on the Potomac River.
Visit 4 historic Old Town sights all decked out in their holiday best: Carlyle House Historic Park, Gadsby’s Tavern Museum, Lee-Fendall House, and the Old Presbyterian Meeting House. Purchase your tickets here for this immersive and historic holiday experience.
Watch Santa ski by on his way back to the North Pole to prep for his global Christmas Eve trip! He’s accompanied by wake-boarding reindeer, flying elves, Frosty the Snowman, Jack Frost and even his friend the Grinch.